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Monday, January 28, 2008

BlackFinn

Here's a little more about BlackFinn, the saloon/restaurant that's going in where McFadden's was:

It's a chain, with 12 locations--the first was New York City. Like McFadden's, it's about sports on TV, drinking beer, and an Irish theme. They'll have 30 TVs. But there's also a very complete menu: they have more emphasis on dining. It's "contemporary American" with lots of starters, soups, salads and entrees. They'll have Reubens and steaks and crab cakes and salads, chicken Creole, Chicken Balsamica and more. They'll be open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

While the front of the building is BlackFinn, the back is called Suite at BlackFinn, which is more of the nightclub part of the deal. It will have its own sound system, DJ and entrance from Gano Alley.

They think they'll open mid-March.

BTW, if you miss McFadden's, isn't Sully's essentially the same thing?


9 Comments:

at 2:49 PM Anonymous natigirl said...

Although some might think Sullys is the same thing, I choose never to go to Sullys. I have been there a few times and even at 27 feel as if I am back in an 18 and over club. Gils dancing on the bar isnt for me (yeah I am a girl and would rather not see people up there in skirts). I liked Mcfaddens to watch the game on Sundays when the Bengals were away and they always supported local events. Sullys has too many of their own terms and cover charges that are ridiculous. You would think that your bar would bring people in not a huge cover charge. I am hoping Black finn does as well.

 
at 5:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"BTW, if you miss McFadden's, isn't Sully's essentially the same thing?"

Maybe I am being way too sensitive here, but that is a rude comment to make.

McFadden's had a superior selection of beers on tap, and happy hour pricing you can beat! Not only did they offer food, but some of it was pretty good for bar fare.

Yes they may have had the same parent company, and yes, they may have appeared much the same from outside. However the atmosphere and ambiance was quite different.

While I have never had dinner at Sully’s, I have been there to drink and Sully’s didn’t try to be Pub the way McFadden’s tried to be Pub.

So to answer your question: No, Polly. Sully’s isn’t a suitable replacement for McFadden’s. May I’ll have to give Cue a try.

 
at 1:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

McFadden's was awful and I heard the manager was mean to his staff.

 
at 3:50 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I kind of agree with Natigirl about the atmosphere at Sully's. I didn't like the girls dancing on the bar like we were filming "Girls Gone Wild". I actually nicknamed the place "Slutty's" I liked the bar, TV sets, etc at McFaddens.

 
at 12:38 PM Blogger Julie said...

Sully's often brings such luminaries as Vanilla Ice into town. Not my speed.

 
at 4:34 PM Blogger Stepf said...

My friend Kris won a few VIP parties at McFadden's before it closed.
By her third one, she concluded that McFadden's gave a VIP party to everyone who entered the drawing. Seriously: Three VIP parties in less than six months? And by the last one, the VIP treatment had gone downhill. More people were inside the velveteen ropes than outside.

 
at 6:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slutty's??
Hmmmmmm, let me check my calendar.
Okay, penciled in for-----EVERY NIGHT!!! LOL.....

Hey, it's a hunter-gatherer thing.......

 
at 8:31 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I blame the movie Coyote Ugly.....after watching that, I added "clog on top of a bar to Devil Went Down to Georgia" to my bucket list......

 
at 4:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The owners of Sully's and Blackfinn used to be partners back in the day, opening McFadden's Restaurants, so you should see alot of similarities.

Blackfinn is the new McFadden's concept. Run by the same company and everything. It will be a similar menu & same drinks, so essentially, McFadden's isn't really gone.

McFadden's closed the doors without any notice, fired their entire staff and won't rehire any of them to work at the new place. The company just wanted a fresh start, so they fired everyone and changed names to try again. Hoping Cincinnati would not know it was the same darn restaurant with new a paint job.

That crooked company will never get my business.

 
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